Sara and Marcus had amazing weather, wonderful family and friends and an absolutely stunning setting at St. Andrew’s State Park. I arrived to shoot their wedding and with shutter click #1 I realized my new to me 5D Mark II was broken. Not to panic, I had my backup so I quickly got that out and everything was a go.
Their wedding was a slight bit windy which meant I had a great time capturing the bride’s veil floating in the breeze. The whole family was beaming with love and there were a couple of cute little ones smiling for me. After the ceremony we gathered for some formal portraits and finally just some of the stunning bride and groom. Right as the sun was setting I noticed that my battery meter was blinking…UGH!! The battery had drained on my backup. Apparently you don’t store your batteries in the camera. Since my backup had not been in used for a while I figured the full battery was still full…NOT. So in a panic now I call my husband and ask him to rummage around and find my extra batteries. He met me half way between the reception and our house and I was able to get to the reception with more batteries and document the rest of their night.
Lesson Learned #142: Do not store batteries for your cameras in the camera as they will drain.
Lesson Learned #143: Have back up batteries for your backup camera.
Mental Note #76: Buy husband a really nice gift to say thank you.
For all those wanting to get into wedding photography please don’t do it until you have a backup or can rent a backup. If you are the sole photographer and you can’t produce a backup when your primary fails then you have failed your client. I am so glad I was able to be there for Sara and Marcus. Despite a little drama from me their wedding was beautiful.
We made the boys do all the work on this picture. The perfect beach dress. You look gorgeous Sara.